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Communication and Society

This series encompasses the broad field of media and cultural studies. Its main concerns are the media and the public sphere: on whether the media empower or fail to empower popular forces in society; media organizations and public policy; political communication; and the role of media entertainment, ranging from potboilers and the human interest story to rock music and TV sport.

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1-10 of 46 results in Communication and Society
  1. Critical Political Economy of the Media

    An Introduction

    By Jonathan Hardy

    Series: Communication and Society

    How the media are organised and funded is central to understanding their role in society. Critical Political Economy of the Media provides a clear, comprehensive and insightful introduction to the political economic analysis of contemporary media. Jonathan Hardy undertakes a critical survey...

    Published June 16th 2014 by Routledge

  2. Media Effects and Beyond

    Culture, Socialization and Lifestyles

    By Karl Erik Rosengren

    Series: Communication and Society

    Addressing a multitude of questions and issues surrounding how we use the media, Media Effects and Beyond represents the results of an international research programme into the use and effects of television, video and music. Seeing the viewer not simply as passive object but as a very active...

    Published February 27th 2014 by Routledge

  3. Ill Effects

    The Media Violence Debate

    Edited by Martin Barker, Julian Petley

    Series: Communication and Society

    Ill Effects is a radical re-examination of the whole 'media effects' debate. It questions not only whether the media is capable of directly influencing people's views and actions, but also whether the idea of 'effects' is the most useful way of conceptualising the relationship between the media and...

    Published August 21st 2013 by Routledge

  4. Misunderstanding the Internet

    By James Curran, Natalie Fenton, Des Freedman

    Series: Communication and Society

    The growth of the internet has been spectacular. There are now more 1.5 billion internet users across the globe, about one quarter of the world’s population. This is certainly a new phenomenon that is of enormous significance for the economic, political and social life of contemporary societies....

    Published March 6th 2012 by Routledge

  5. Changing Journalism

    By Peter Lee-Wright, Angela Phillips, Tamara Witschge

    Series: Communication and Society

    Journalism is in transition. Irrevocable decisions are being made, often based on flimsy evidence, which could change not only the future of journalism, but also the future of democracy. This book, based on extensive research, provides the opportunity to reflect upon these decisions and considers...

    Published July 12th 2011 by Routledge

  6. Journalism After September 11

    2nd Edition

    Edited by Barbie Zelizer, Stuart Allan

    Series: Communication and Society

    Praise for the first edition: This collection of essays comes mainly from academics but nobody should bridle at theorists lecturing practitioners. They properly challenge the way September 11th was reported - in a way that's both an endorsement of the role of the media and a wake-up call on its...

    Published April 21st 2011 by Routledge

  7. Media and Democracy

    By James Curran

    Series: Communication and Society

    Media and Democracy addresses key topics and themes in relation to democratic theory, media and technology, comparative media studies, media and history, and the evolution of media research. For example: How does TV entertainment contribute to the democratic life of society? Why are Americans...

    Published March 24th 2011 by Routledge

  8. An Introduction to Political Communication

    5th Edition

    By Brian McNair

    Series: Communication and Society

    An Introduction to Political Communication introduces students to the complex relationship between politics, the media and democracy in the United Kingdom, United States and other contemporary societies. Brian McNair examines how politicians, trade unions, pressure groups, NGOs and terrorist...

    Published March 8th 2011 by Routledge

  9. Media Perspectives for the 21st Century

    Edited by Stylianos Papathanassopoulos

    Series: Communication and Society

    Media Perspectives for the 21st Century brings together key international scholars to explore concepts, topics and issues concerning the communication environment in contemporary democratic societies. It combines qualitative and quantitative approaches to provide an interdisciplinary and truly...

    Published November 19th 2010 by Routledge

  10. Political Communication and Social Theory

    By Aeron Davis

    Series: Communication and Society

    Political Communication and Social Theory presents an advanced and challenging text for students and scholars of political communication and mass media in democracies. It draws together work from across political communication, media sociology and political sociology, and includes a mix of...

    Published July 14th 2010 by Routledge

Forthcoming Books

  1. Journalism in Context: Practice and Theory for the Digital Age
    By Angela Phillips
    To Be Published September 16th 2014
  2. Seeing and Believing: The Influence of Television
    By Greg Philo
    To Be Published December 15th 2014
  3. News and Politics: The Rise of Live and Interpretive Journalism
    By Stephen Cushion
    To Be Published May 1st 2015
  4. Media Ownership Matters
    By Justin Schlosberg
    To Be Published August 15th 2015

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